By MNDFCK Podcast
This is a broadcast aimed at discovering how, in the midst of chaos, to live our safest, sanest, most consensual & sustainable lives. Co-hosts are world-renowned journalist, broadcaster, and brand development expert Marcus K. Dowling, alongside world-traveled sex worker and college lecturer Domina Vontana. We record live, weekly, on Tuesdays at 6 PM EST at Full Service Radio in the lobby of The LINE Hotel in Washington, DC.
S2,E12 - 6/4/19 - Desiree Dik, The Modern State of Drag Queens
We close out Pride 2019 with a conversation about diversity, representation, and mainstreaming in America's queer communities. Our guest? Desiree Dik, one of DC's punkiest, fiercest, and most progressive minded drag queens!
June 09, 2019
S2,E11 - 5/28/19 - Meg Metcalf, Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Librarian
This edition of the podcast highlights the history and evolution of queer literature. It's Pride month, so Marcus K. Dowling and Domina Vontana are joined by Meg Metcalf, the Women's, Gender, and LGBTQ+/Sexuality Studies Specialist and Recommending Officer at the Library of Congress!
June 09, 2019
S2,E10 - 5/14/19 - Best of DC
On this episode, our hosts peruse and discuss Washington City Paper's "Best of DC" for 2019! Thoughts on who's who, what's what, and some overall notes on #newDC's excellence and space for service improvement?
May 22, 2019
S2,E9 - 5/7/19 - Overwhelmed by Everything!
Overwhelmed by the idea that it feels like EVERYTHING is happening simultaneously and there's no end to the motion and insanity of things right now? Marcus K. Dowling brings the news and Domina Vontana brings the cosmos, and between the two they solve for staying sane, sustainable, and focused.
May 08, 2019
S2,E8 - 4/30/19 - Why Aren't Teenagers Having Sex Anymore?
From The Washington Post and New York Times, to the Centers for Disease Control, plus Time, The Atlantic, Politico, The National Review, and more...EVERYONE is discussing why teenagers aren't having sex anymore. Now, your favorite sex educator and sex worker (Domina Vontana) and journalist (Marcus K. Dowling) are on the case!
May 08, 2019
S2,E7 - 4/24/19 - Observe the Ocean, Shatter Your Life's Glass Ceiling
Co-host Marcus K. Dowling flies solo and offers a slew of thoughts on a month where he travelled 3,500 miles and discovered how to break his own creative glass ceiling via observing the Atlantic Ocean.
April 24, 2019
S2,E6 - 4/16/19 - BDSM 101
Domina Vontana flies solo with friends and offers listeners an exciting and practical view into the world of kink. What makes the current era so unique and dynamic? Who is a dominatrix these days and how many are there? Deeper reflections as well!
April 23, 2019
S2,E5 - 4/9/19 - Progressive Politics with Shahid Buttar
From Haight Ashbury to the Nation's Capital, Shahid Buttar is uniquely aligned with the goals and principles of Mndfck Podcast. Domina Vontana and Marcus Dowling welcomed the 2020 US House of Representatives candidate representing San Francisco to the podcast for an enlightening conversation about progressive American politics in the modern era.
April 18, 2019
S2,E4 - 4/2/19 - Amazon's World Domination
This week's episode of MNDFCK opens with a discussion on the rise of Amazon's social and cultural global domination. By the close? They were discussing how society must improve comfort and joy in real-time experiences in the wake of Amazon's digital ubiquity. Take a listen!
April 18, 2019
S2,E2 - 3/19/19 - Burnout and Self-Care
This discussion between Domina Vontana and Marcus K. Downing addresses coping with burnout, as well as Marcus discussing working through the recent passing of his mother, plus a deep dive on selflessness and local community activation.
March 29, 2019
S2,E3 - 3/26/19 - The Wammie Awards, with The MusicianShip's Director, Jeff Tribble, Jr.
All things the forthcoming Wammie Awards and Conference, DC music industry advocacy and sustainability witb TheMusicianShip's director, Jeff Tribble, Jr.
March 27, 2019
S2,E1 - 3/12/2019 - Vaginas and Vaginal Health
Domina Vontana, Marcus K. Dowling, and oncology nurse Mary Buffington, kick off season two of MNDFCK Podcast with a fun and sexy talk about vaginas, vaginal education, and vaginal health!
March 13, 2019
S1,E13 - 3/5/2019 - Washington, DC Gentrification 2020
All The Fly Kids co-host and DC area native Geronimo Collins with Marcus K Dowling & Domina Vontana discussing gentrification & the future of socioeconomic development in the Nation's Capital.
March 13, 2019
S1,E12 - 2/26/2019 - The State of Black Excellence in America
Not but two weeks after Marcus K. Dowling and Domina Vontana discussed the state of "white excellence" in America, this week's MNDFCK Podcast addresses one of the strangest weeks ever for black men and black people in recent American history. From Jussie Smollett and R. Kelly to Green Book and Spike Lee, it was a sad, confusing, bittersweet, and (potentially) awkwardly angry week.
March 02, 2019
S1,E11 - 2/19/19 - Women's Combat Sports
Women's combat sports are poised for an increase in mainstream appeal in 2019. Domina Vontana and Marcus K. Dowling -- both fight aficionados -- discuss the who, what, how, why, and long-lasting appeal of the boom from a plethora of perspectives.
February 21, 2019
S1,E10 - 2/12/2019 - The State of White Excellence in America
Is unassailable white American excellence in the face of minority political surges, Black Lives Matter, Black Girl Magic, and progressive socialism, deplorable? Co-hosts Marcus K. Dowling and Domina Vontana unpack the week that was and the future that seemingly lies ahead for America.
February 15, 2019
S1,E9 - 2/5/2019 - Capitol Wrestling
This week's edition of MNDFCK dives into the incredible world of professional wrestling -- via co-host Marcus K. Dowling's NYC-area based independent promotion Capitol Wrestling. Living through and excelling past the current era, via controlled escapism and unique storytelling tropes, is discussed!
February 10, 2019
S1,E8 - 1/29/2019 - Shelly Bell, Founder, Black Girl Vision
This week, Vontana and Marcus are NOT at Full Service Radio at The LINE Hotel. Weather instead has the duo recording this conversation from their respective homes. Their guest? Black Girl Ventures founder, award-winning entrepreneur, Google Digital Coach, plus computer scientist, storyteller, and all around superstar Shelly Bell. An exciting conversation worth hearing that involves tech and sex, learning, innovation, and more was had. Enjoy!
February 02, 2019
S1,E7 - 1/22/2019 - Kenton Johnston, Funkit Toys
This week's episode finds Marcus and Vontana having a six-week spiritual check-in regarding staying creatively motivated during the Shutdown, plus answers some listener questions about the show's unique origins. Furthermore, award-winning designer Kenton Johnston of Funkit Toys calls in and offers some behind the scenes know-how and Valentine's Day gift-giving advice.
January 29, 2019
S1,E6 - 1/15/2019 - Aaron Abernathy, Soulful Singer/Songwriter
World-traveled and soulful singer/songwriter Aaron Abernathy joins Marcus K. Dowling and Domina Vontana to discuss Ab's forthcoming album "Epilogue," as well as have some candid discussion about love, spiritual restoration, and emotional connectivity.
January 22, 2019
S1,E5 - 1/8/2019 - Cyndee Clay, HIPS Executive Director
The latest episode of MNDFCK finds Domina Vontana and Marcus K. Dowling sitting with HIPS' (http://hips.org) Executive Director Cyndee Clay and discussing the future of work, sex work, being informed and using information to improve the future for humanity at-large. If you didn't listen live, shame on you, lol. From harm reduction and politics to academia and being kind to each other, this is a heartwarming and comprehensive conversation.
January 09, 2019
SPECIAL EPISODE 001 - Candid Perspectives re: #survivingrkelly
MNDFCK Podcast co-host Marcus K. Dowling discusses the #survivingrkelly documentary and offers thoughts and feedback regarding R. Kelly's career, his allegations, and the nature of how we proceed with this man and his legacy moving forward. As well, co-host Domina Vontana breaks down the saga of R. Kelly from a BDSM perspective regarding his relationship with that community's contextual norms surrounding consent, protocol, and harm.
January 07, 2019
S4,E4 - 1/1/2019 - Mansplaining
Marcus K. Dowling flies solo for the fourth installment of MNDFCK live from yes, his bedroom in Washington, DC. The topic, an open and frank conversation regarding mansplaining in his life, your life, the podcast, and more. He offers tips for moving forward like humbling oneself to the power of listening, learning the strength of being a good listener, and moreover potentially using yoga as a practice to balance and center one's mindset moving forward. SHOW NOTES: More information about Author and Linguist Deborah Tannen: http://www.deborahtannen.com/ Rebecca Solnit's TomDispatch article that gave birth to the term mansplaining: http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/17558... Lily Rothman's The Atlantic piece, "A Cultural History of Mansplaining: https://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/arc... Jim Cornette on the art and importance of listening in pro wrestling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJHBz... Diamond Dallas Page's DDPYoga, "The Most Complete Fitness System on the Planet": https://ddpyoga.com/
January 01, 2019
S3,E3 - 12/25/2018 - Sugar the Shop Sex Toy Unboxing
Marcus K. Dowling (@marcuskdowling) and Domina Vontana (@dominavontana) discuss 2018's hubbub surrounding Christmas songs, and as well, unbox some mind-blowing adult toys from our friends at Sugar The Shop in Baltimore, MD. If looking for some intelligent conversation with a heaping side of sensuality, this is the talk for you!
December 26, 2018
S1,E2 - 12/18/2018 - Max Mohawk, Gender Anarchist and Punk Artist
This week's recording is a comprehensive conversation discussing America's collective anxiety, gender anarchy and punk-inspired art, plus a deep dive on the function of religion and spirituality in the modern age.
December 19, 2018
S1,E1 - 12/11/2018 - Self Care and Harm Reduction
Marcus and Vontana finally kicked off Mndfck Podcast. The discussions of self-care and protest culture, harm reduction and heroin addiction, plus the commercialization of sensation and sensuality were quite wonderful. Tune in next week!
December 14, 2018